Welcome to Gerdi Talks, oh wise readers! Gerdi here, kidnapping–no, I mean–inviting other creators to sit down and chat with me. A real friendly conversation, just the two of us. The only things I get to do around this joint are interview creators, characters, and snack on cheese. Cheese is life.
Without further ado, I would like to introduce you to my first friend.
Simon Graeme is an author and cover designer with a flair for everything dark. His latest book, Dark Lament is out now. He also explores his talent with visual arts as a cover art designer.
Jumping into things, I’m going to swing way out in the left field here and ask: what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Do you have a favorite animal?
You are an author. Let’s talk about that first. What about writing do you love?
Is there anything about writing you hate?
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever written, and why did you write it?
What is your earliest memory of writing or at least telling a good story?
How did you come to find yourself in this line of work? What led you here?
I’m sorry about your stroke, it sounds awful. But, on the bright side, as you said, you have more time for writing! Do you have a dream goal for your work? What do you want to see come from all this hard work?
What is your creative process for writing? How does it make you feel?
Do you utilize a work schedule?
How did it feel to finish your most recent book?
Are you working on anything new that you can share with us?
Is anything with your current project going awry or causing hiccups in the process?
You have a lot on your plate as a writer! Speaking of heavy lifting, you also do cover design. Is this something you enjoy doing?
Can you talk about your design process a little?
Where do you find inspiration?
Is this something you saw yourself doing when you were younger?
You may not be an astronaut but you’ve definitely had your fair share of out of this world endeavors with your own writing. We started this interview segment with the under-appreciation for creators online being a focus. We’d like to ask you a few questions pertaining to the situation if you don’t mind.
Have you, as a writer, ever tried to do freelance work?
What was the most shocking offer you have seen for writing?
How do you define quality writing?
How do you feel about ghost writers? (Not the television show from the ‘90s.)
Of course, you also do cover art. Have you ever been asked to do work for free, for exposure, or for some other reason?
Have you ever taken on those requests before?
Have you ever been told your prices were too high for cover art, or perhaps, that your book prices were too high?
Wow. Congrats! That sounds awesome. Do you have any juicy stories to share when dealing with clients? Good or bad.
Before I untie you, I want to talk about your most recent work, Dark Lament. It is currently available to purchase, correct?
What is the genre and length of Dark Lament?
How long did it take you to write the book?
Did anything specific inspire this book?
Sounds like fun. So, for the interested parties, where can people buy this book if they want a copy?
What is the one thing fans can do to support you and your creativity?
Thank you Simon for a wonderful interview. If you are interested in following Simon Graeme, you can find him on Facebook, Twitter, or check out his website. For those looking for his cover art, visit his Facebook or Portfolio.
See everyone again soon!